Thanks for this Mike. I think this is exactly the lesson I need right now. After a couple of months of working every day on the beginner track on this site, I feel OK with some of the basic chords and rolls. But when I recorded myself playing a couple of things and played them back, sounds a bit chaotic, and I think my lack of rhythm is why.
Also I found out I have a bit of ‘windmill thumb’, but that’s a different issue.
Mike – I was a percussionist in HS and college and Banjo is blowing my mind. I do fingerstyle on guitar, but using 4 fingers in 4/4 time is easy. Using 3 fingers in 4/4 time on Banjo is so hard for me – I’m used to my thumb being the down beats, now it’s not. Switching from forward to backward roll in one measure seems like an impossible feat for what I’ve trained my fingers to do. Are there any practice techniques (other that sheer repetition and old fashioned practice) that might help? Thanks! Geoff.